Infant Massage &
Tongue/Lip Tie Revisions
Bodywork, Myofascial Release & Tongue/Lip Revisions
The body is connected by an intricate system of connective tissue called fascia. When there is a limitation, such as one caused by a tie, it can cause the muscles around that area, as well as to the others that
are connected by fascia to become tense. These muscles create tension around the tie
making the process of revising the tie more difficult. This is where bodywork comes in.
Bodywork, specifically myofascial release (MFR), works to alleviate muscle tension and
tightness. By receiving MFR before the revision it calms the muscles, as well as the
nervous system, making the frenulum more visible. With a more visible frenulum it
allows the reviser to get as much of the tie as possible during the revision. Studies have
shown that MFR within 24 hours or less before revision is most useful and
provides the most aid in the release procedure.
Myofascial Release is also suggested after the revision. Before the frenulum is released, it is impractical to release all of the tension due to the pressure and tension that is being caused by the restriction. 4 to 6 days after the tie is released, an additional session is recommended to release the additional tension that was not released in the first session and to assist in the overall healing process.
Why Myofascial Release Before Revision?
There are 3 different types of bodywork that are often associated with revisions: Chiropractic Adjustment, Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), and Myofascial Release. While each are wonderful treatments, they differ in some aspects.
"Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are perhaps best known for their expertise in the use of spinal manipulation" (American Chiropractic Association)
Cranial Sacral Therapy
"CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord." (Upledger Institute International)
"Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion." (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars)